Singapore – The Gorgeous Green City – Where the happiest people in Asia live!

trees keep the whole place healthy and balanced

Singapore – The Gorgeous Green City – Where the happiest people in Asia live!Singapore - Raffles fountain

I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore to see the iconic locations for myself.

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It’s a total joy, everywhere you look is greenery alongside stunning modern architecture.



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Venice, Italy – So Much More Than Glass and Gondolas!

invoking thoughts of women in masks and powdered wigs roaming through the city after attending yet another outrageous masked ball in the 15th century.

Venice, Italy – So Much More Than Glass and Gondolas!

I’d heard Venice was smelly, damp, expensive, sinking and outdated. Well they got that wrong!

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Stupidly big boats are not friends of Venice

OK, maybe it’s sinking, actually it’s tilting and sinking. Yes it’s pricey. However it certainly wasn’t smelly and it was so packed with gorgeous art, stunning architecture, history and irrepressible wow factors that I would have forgiven the city the smell anyway.

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Venice is awesome, you arrive at the airport and get the boat, yes boat, from the airport to your hotel.

On the island there are no cars, which is no wonder as the pathways wind adventurously between the high and ancient architecture.

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Vietnam – Through My Eyes

The cities are bright, busy and packed with energy

The countryside is wild and awe inspiring

Vietnam – Through My Eyes

Vietnam is a beautiful, breath taking country

The cities are bright, busy and packed with energy

The countryside is wild and awe inspiring

Taste the best coffee in the world

Go and see stunning dynamic Vietnam for yourself

It has some of the most iconic views in the world

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Doha, Qatar – Through My Eyes

Next time you have a stop over, make it a few days and explore this jewel in the Middle East.

Doha, Qatar – Through My Eyes

It’s a city packed with surprise architecture…

Here are just a few of my favourite images of this beautiful, bustling, breath-taking city.

Doha, Qatar is a joy and a real hidden treasure and it hosts one of my favourite museums.

The souq ranks as one of the best in the world.

Next time you have a stop over, make it a few days and make the most of this jewel in the Middle East.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland – A Night at The Museum with Awesome Art Classics

The exhibits are displayed in smaller rooms, well spaced so browsing and taking your time is easy and enjoyable.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland – A Night at The Museum with Awesome Art Classics

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland - A Night at The Museum with Awesome Art Classics

Product:

Art Gallery, shop and cafe

Location:

Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Van Gogh

Overview:

This gallery is housed in a beautiful, classical architectural jewel of a building in Glasgow city. We parked up in the cheap on-site car park and walked through the small gardens to the entrance. Entrance is free, with a voluntary donation of £5 minimum, it’s well worth the donation!

The gallery is spread over three floors, with cafe and shop to visit before you leave. The shop has some really well designed souvenirs, reasonably priced and not just the usual junk.

The exhibits are displayed in smaller rooms, well spaced so browsing and taking your time is easy and enjoyable. The downstairs rooms are a bit more chaotic as they are aimed at education of the young. Lots of laughter and running between the tactile displays shows they’ve got it spot on.

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My Tiny Scottish City Break – it’s not just whisky and midges

The colours and light change and drift from bright jewels of purple to stormy greys and back again. Your camera will not do it justice.

My Tiny Scottish City Break - it's not just whisky and midgesMy Tiny Scottish City Break – it’s not just whisky and midges

OK, so I confess, I don’t like weddings and I don’t like rooms full of people I don’t know. So at the weekend where did I decide to spend a weekend, yes a wedding. A wedding where I wouldn’t know anyone. No one, except my other half.

To add to the overall joy of anticipation I also came down with really bad cold. I now had not only a sore throat, peeling snotty nose and no tastebuds, but would be exposing all the guests I met to my germs. Oh dear.

I put all the guilt of that on hold and went anyway. The guilt of missing out on the wedding, letting people down and wasting what was relatively the small fortune it costs to travel and stay in the UK being my main motivations. As any of you know who follow my blog, I’m currently earning about $1 per month from Amazon Affiliates so small fortune it is! 

Did I mention that the car broke down the day before too, so last minute train tickets had to be bought – ouch! Pricey!

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle at sunsetBack to the wedding. It was to be held on the Saturday so it would be foolish to miss out on a chance to spend time in one of my favourite cities in the WORLD, so Friday became travel day.

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Why you should always carry your camera

…our memories which would form part of our social history will sit in digital libraries only until people forget their password or replace their computers…

 

Hong Kong Sunset
Hong Kong Sunset

I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong recently, whilst on a quick shopping trip at the end of a long day we found a tiny little Starbucks hidden in a large shopping mall store. I squeezed into a tiny seat and looked out of the window to see this amazing view. Stunning.

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Hong Kong boat warning

I seek out little gems that are often hidden away, not the stereotypical beach shot. I spotted this sign on the ferry across the harbour. How fantastic is the technical description of ‘bitts’?

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Napier, Aotearoa – if only I’d had longer with you

Napier, what a joy for anyone who, like me, loves architecture.

Sadly Napier was fairly well destroyed by an earthquake in 1931.

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The buildings were rebuilt in the designs of the times, hence a whole town of art deco buildings. Just one to wet your whistle here’s just one of the beautiful buildings, if you need more get your self on the bus to Napier. You won’t regret it, the parks on the seafront, the municipal buildings, the bars all are a joy to the eye. I’m sure it must be used as film locations for the era, as so many have survived and are used daily. They have embraced the feel by even designing the street signs in the deco style too.

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Even my wifi hotspot of choice (McD’s) have embraced the feel. OK so their wifi failed that day but down under that became somewhat of a theme. I’d love McDonalds worldwide to adopt this placement of history within their stores, it would really enhance and add value to every store, and kids and adults would learn about their home towns a little more.

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Oh faithful followers you will recall my ‘always look up and down’ mantra and it didn’t let me down. This floor tile just randomly placed on the high street inspired thoughts of wagons trains, prohibition and back street speak easies with customers drinking hooch from china cups. I guess that image is very US and movie inspired but the whole town did feel like that. In fact much of the country is reminiscent either of Scotland hills or US homesteads (even though I have yet to do US) with volcanoes and sheep.

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Top 5 of Napier:

Architecture

Recovery and restoration

Long beach promenade

Cheap street parking (sad but true, its important when you’re travelling)

Old and new embraced in one town that is easy on the eye